• Interviews,  Wild Woman Interviews

    Wild Woman Interview: Bulelwa Msengi on our National Parks and Living Life Outdoors

    ‘The Wild Woman Interviews’ is a series of Q&As with women who do interesting, brave and inspiring things. The name hints at how nature, the outdoors, travel, the natural cycles of life etc. motivate and influence their passions and pursuits. This month, I’d like to introduce you to Bulelwa Msengi. She currently heads up the tourism portfolio for South African National Parks’ (SANParks) Cape Region and loves spending as much time as possible running, hiking and exploring the outdoors. In this interview, she shares some of her favourite local hiking trails and reasons why all South Africans should make an effort to visit and support our national parks. 

  • Featured,  Hiking & outdoors,  Travel

    5 Fish River Canyon Questions Answered

    I can’t believe it’s almost been a month since we set off on the Fish River Canyon hiking trail in mid-June! It feels like yesterday we were still gathering our gear and sorting out snack packs. After Ryno and Chantel invited us to join them at the end of December, we had a good six months to get everything in place, do some training and prepare ourselves mentally for the challenge up ahead. Despite the wealth of articles and guides available online, there were a couple of questions that I couldn’t really find a satisfactory answer to prior to embarking on the journey. So, I thought I’d answer a few…

  • Featured,  Hiking & outdoors,  Travel

    3 Otter Trail detours worth taking

    Taking time out to admire the natural beauty all around you while hiking a particularly tough trail can be pretty hard. When your backpack straps are cutting into your shoulders (still tender from the previous day’s abuse), your legs are burning and all wobbly, and you can’t quite seem to catch your breath, the last thing you want to do is veer off course in pursuit of an even rarer view. Most hiking trails, of course, discourage – nay, flat out forbid – you to leave the main trail for your own safety, as well as the conservation of the fauna and flora that would suffer underfoot. However, when setting…

  • Travel

    #WeOpenAfrica roadtrip GP-Limpopo: 5 things I’m looking forward to

    This has been a pretty good year for road tripping – first, exploring the West Coast with Guillaume in June, then going to Addo with Mom in August and now, in just 3 sleeps’ time, I’ll be heading off on an epic adventure up north with Open Africa. Forming part of the #WeOpenAfrica campaign, this 5-day trip will take us from Johannesburg to Limpopo and back again, with some magical stops along the way. While the whole itinerary has me doing little happy dances, there are five things I’m especially excited about:

  • Personal,  Photography

    Snaps: Rose-picking at Chart Farm

    For the longest time now, I’ve wanted to visit Chart Farm in Wynberg to wander among the roses and – best of all – pick a selection of my own to take back home. But, on one condition: that my mom could come along, as her love for these fragrant blooms runs deep and connects with a tender nostalgia for the birthdays of her childhood in Piet Retief. Born on the 16th of November, my mom’s celebration of life falls slap-bang in the middle of peak rose season, which also happens to be most spectacular in the highveld areas of our country.

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    Personal,  Photography,  Travel

    Snaps: A morning in J-Bay

    At the beginning of August, my mom and I took a little trip up the coast just to get away for a bit and spend some time together. She had recently wrapped up five intense years of political work as a ward councillor in the Overstrand municipality and I was on the brink of starting a brand new job after a few months of trying to make ends meet as a freelancer (more about all of this another time). In short, we both needed a little breather before stepping into something new.

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    Winter wandering along the West Coast: Cederberg Wilderness Area

    The final leg of our West Coast trip was spent at CapeNature’s Algeria rest camp in the Cederberg Wilderness Area. After stocking up on a few groceries, visiting Strassbergers leather shoe shop and popping in at the Rooibos Tea Factory in Clanwilliam, we headed on into the mountains. Even though it was a couple of degrees colder here, the skies above were clear. So, we agreed to do the camping thing once again.

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    Lion’s Head: two alternative routes to try

    It’s a strange compulsion we Capetonians have – this need to conquer Lion’s Head. Not once. Not twice. But as many times as we possibly can. At the crack of dawn. As dusk settles over the city. By the light of the full moon. There’s a mountain in the middle of the city and we shall climb it. We shall climb it till our feet would follow the path even if our eyes were blindfolded. And we shall Instagram every attempt and share our pics on Facebook too. I guess it says a lot about our need to reconnect with nature, but when you’re battling crowds just to get a…